“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” 2 Pet. 1:3
- Section 1: Two Heads and Two Races – Rom. 5:12-21
- Section 2: Two Masters – Rom. 6
- Section 3: Two Husbands – Rom. 7:1-6
- Section 4: Two Natures – Rom. 7:7-25
- Section 5: Two Laws – Rom. 8:1-17
- Video Lecture
Q. Since God is able to save us from hell, why is He unable to deliver us from the sinful nature within us?
A. God is able. He has not left us here for the rest of our lives to be slaves to sin. He has provided a way, a tool – if you will – that works every time, resulting in deliverance from sin.
Q. Since the Christian gospel offers eternal salvation on the basis of simple faith, why is deliverance often presented as based on works or human methods? Is an internet filter really all that God has provided to deliver you from sinful lusts?
A. Human methods only work for a limited time, but God has much more to offer through His Spirit. To unleash this powerful tool all you need is faith.
- The believer has been transferred from Adam’s race to Christ’s race (Rom. 5:12-21)
- By identification with Christ in death the believer is free from sin’s dominion (Rom. 6)
- By identification with Christ in death the believer is free from the Law (Rom. 7:1-6)
- The experience of a quickened soul under law, leading to deliverance (Rom. 7:7-25).
- The secret of the power needed for deliverance and the associated walk (Rom. 8:1-17).
Section 1: Two Heads and Two Races – Rom. 5:12-21
When we receive the gospel we are transferred into Christ’s race
- vv.15-17 There are two races in this world, and each race takes its characteristics from the head of that race. The two races are Adam’s race and Christ’s race.
- v.12 All in Adam’s race are helpless sinners, destined to die. Every human (except Christ) born into this world starts out in Adam’s race – witnessed by the fact that everyone is a sinner, and everyone dies.
- v.19 When we receive God’s free gift of justification, we are then transferred from Adam’s race to Christ’s race.
- v.18 All in Christ’s race have been given a new life that is righteous (justification of life) and will one day enjoy eternal life (in heaven).
Section 2: Two Masters – Rom. 6
Identification with Christ in His death frees us from sin’s power
What Christ did
- vv.3-4 We are identified with Christ in His death (pictured by baptism)
- v.10 “He died unto sin” death speaks of separation. Christ’s death separated Him from a “world” of sin, and His resurrection brought Him into a new “world” that sin can never touch.
- v.7 By identification with Him, we too have been removed from under sin’s dominion… sin is rendered powerless.
What we do
- v.11 We must “reckon” these facts (believe them to be true). This is the first point where people fail.
- v.13 We must “yield” our spirits, souls, and bodies to the Lord Jesus.
- v.14 God’s grace supplies the power for us to overcome the sin nature. He promises us (v.14) that sin will not overcome us if we do these things. He doesn’t tell us yet what this power is… that comes in Ch. 8.
- v.16 If you respond to the old nature, sin will become your master effectively.
- v.19 understand how good bondage and bad bondage work:
- One righteousness after another, makes you grow increasingly separated to the Lord (practical sanctification).
- One sin leads to another, before you know it you are addicted. You can be positionally free from sin, but practically still under its dominion.
Section 3: Two Husbands – Rom. 7:1-6
Identification with Christ in his death frees us from obligation to the Law
- v.1 Principle: Laws only apply to people before they die.
- vv.2-3 Example: A woman is free to remarry only after her husband dies, not before.
- vv.4-5 Application: The believer has died with Christ, which makes him free from the law’s dominion, and free to be espoused to Christ. The relationship with the new husband (love response) is far different from the relationship with the old (fear response).
Section 4: Two Natures – Rom. 7:7-25
(The Experience of a soul under law leading to deliverance)
- The narrator was not saved at the time of the experiment. He gets saved at the end of the chapter. You might say he is only “partially saved”, they have PSS (Partial Salvation Syndrome). Why?
- He has a new nature (he calls it the “inner man”). We know it because this person has a desire to please God, which can’t come from the flesh, so they must have new life from God.
- He doesn’t have the Spirit. We know this because he does NOT have power to live for God, and Rom. 8:2 tells us this power is the Spirit of God.
- The reason he does not have the Spirit is because he has not received Christ as his Savior… which he does in v.25. We find in Eph. 1:13 that the sealing of the Spirit occurs AFTER receiving the gospel.
- Quickening – God gives a new nature… makes those who were spiritually dead alive!
- Sealing – the Spirit indwells us after we believe the gospel!
- God “desires all men to be saved” (and “saved” means; get the full package).
- Also, God does not specialize in half finished products… “He that has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ!” (Php. 1:4).
- vv.7-13 Through experimentation with law, the person discovers that they have a sin nature.
- vv.14-19 He struggles to overcome the sin nature, and begins to treat sin as an enemy… but finally concludes that he has no power within himself to overcome the sin nature.
- vv.20-23 Upon further reflection, he realizes that he must have two natures; a new nature as well as an old nature. He learns to identify with the new nature, and treat the old nature as a foreign thing.
- vv.24-25 He finally gives up on looking within for power, and instead looks to the Lord Jesus Christ (a person) and finds deliverance.
- Sealing is not an experience… it is a sovereign action from God. That’s why it isn’t recorded in Rom. 7, although we know it must have happened by Rom. 8:1.
- This Rom. 7 experience is part of the natural progression, but it isn’t a “Christian” experience. If someone has put their trust in Christ but still feels like they are in Rom. 7, then they are really in Gal. 5.
- The Gal. 5 conflict is of a sealed Christian who is NOT walking in the Spirit. They have the solution (indwelling Spirit) but they aren’t walking in the Spirit… the result is conflict between flesh and Spirit!
Section 5: Two Laws – Rom. 8:1-17
Results of full salvation: Enjoying the Christian position
Rom. 8:1-17 gives us the conclusion to the book of Romans up to this point. The first 7 chapters present “full salvation”, deliverance from the penalty of our sins and from the power of the sin nature. This section gives us the results of full salvation applied to:
- our standing (past) (v.1)
- our state (present) (vv.2-10) <—– we will focus on this
- our bodies (future) (v.11)
- our communion (vv.12-13)
- our relationships (vv.14-17)
they pertain to deliverance.
- v.2 The “saved” person has a new principle (life in the power of the Spirit, John 20:22) working inside them. The old principle is still there, but the new is more powerful.
- v.3 Don’t try to use a legal approach to gain deliverance… it will blow up in your face! The law was “weak through the flesh”! If you try to live by a list of rules, it will put the flesh into overdrive.
- v.4 We need to walk according to the Spirit, which means to give the Spirit full control of our life… occupy ourselves with the interests of Christ. We will automatically fulfill the righteous requirements of the law.
- v.10 By walking in the Spirit, the flesh will not be active (the body is dead). Also, the new nature will be given liberty to act (the Spirit is life).
- vv.14-17 If we walk in the Spirit, we will enjoy all the relationships we are brought into “in Christ”.
- that you are free from the old master, “sin”.
that you have a new master, “righteousness”.
- that Sin wants you to still obey him even though he’s the old boss.
- that you have the Spirit of God within you.
- yourself dead to the old boss and alive to the new boss.
- your members as available resources to the new boss.
- do not yield… ignore the emails from your old boss.
- walk in the Spirit (fill your time with Christ-centered activities).
- YOU SHALL NOT FULFILL THE LUSTS OF THE FLESH!